Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new power pact in Galway City Council is set to emerge.
It’s understood negotations between various parties and individuals over the weekend have resulted in the previous pact falling.
That was a pact between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independents, 3 of whom were previously Progressive Democrats.
However, Galway Bay fm news has learnt that a new pact to have majority voting power in the city council has been formed.
It is between the 4 Fine Gael, 2 Labour and 4 independents, 3 of whom are former PDs who were part of the previous pact.
This will give the group the majority of 10 votes in the 18 councillor Council.
It looks likely that Independent, Donal Lyons will become the first Mayor of the new Council.
The first meetings of the City and County Councils will take place this coming Friday.
The County meeting will get underway at Prospect Hill at 2pm, while the City Council meeting will follow at City Hall at 6p.m.
However, Sinn Féin’s Anna Marley believes a fairer way of selecting a new city mayor should be undertaken in the form of the D’Hondt method.
It’s a mathematical way of dividing positions based on the votes for each party or individual.
Protest in Galway City this afternoon in opposition to British Government legacy proposals
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Galway city this afternoon in opposition to the British Government’s legacy proposals.
The families of the Time for Truth Campaign are behind the National Day of Action against the proposed amnesty preventing prosecutions for conflict related offences.
Sinn Féin Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell will be the guest speaker at the Galway protest which takes place in Eyre Square at 2pm.
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County planners back Renville sports facility after second bid to bring amenity to Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Permission has been secured to build a major sports facility at Renville West in Oranmore.
The project has received the green light from county planners, after a second bid to bring the amenity to Oranmore, led by Renville Sports Project Committee.
The plan would involve a looped amenity walkway throughout the site and connectivity to the existing amenity walkways at Rinville Park and also a public playground area.
It provides for three grassed playing pitches, one all weather synthetic playing pitch and three warm up or training areas as well as site lighting.
There will also be a covered terrace, a single storey toilet block and a hurling wall.
Under the plan, car parking is provided for up to 234 vehicles as well as six coach spaces and 184 bicycle parking spaces.
There will also be changes to provide vehicular and pedestrian access onto a local road, to the south of the site, to serve the proposed development and to provide for revised access to serve the existing public car parks.
County planners have given the project their backing with 14 conditions attached.
One states the the use of the all weather pitch is not to extend beyond 10pm.
The use of floodlights is restricted to from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 9pm on Sundays and public holidays.
The Tureen stream is also to be fenced off from the site works.
In June 2020, An Bord Pleanála refused a former application for the development due to concerns over traffic hazard issues.